In 2022, inflation and energy costs and how good of a job incumbent governor Gretchen Whitmer is doing are some of the most important issues people are thinking about. Join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy near Escanaba to hear about these issues and more.
Since 2020, Michiganders have been shocked to learn about state laws that appeared to grant Gov. Whitmer near unilateral and unlimited powers. The governor took control of the state – forcing people to stay home, businesses to close, restricting the exercise of religion and more. While some of these powers were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court, many more exist in state law. Michael Van Beek, the Mackinac Center’s director of research, will talk about current proposals that would prevent the next lockdown and fix Michigan’s emergency power laws.
Prices on everything are near all-time highs, but this is especially true in the energy sector. Many of these problems are because state lawmakers have gotten away from basic economic principles. What Michigan needs is a stronger reliance on free markets, property rights, personal responsibility and human ingenuity to manage our natural environment and provide access to essential energy resources. Jason Hayes, the Mackinac Center’s director of environmental policy, will discuss the “Seven Principles of Sound Energy Policy” which will help humans flourish while still continuing to improve the quality of the environment we live in.